Posted Thu Apr 9, 2015 at 09:45 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
Full details have been revealed for the next-gen audio technology.
DTS has fully unveiled its DTS:X audio format. Like Dolby Atmos, the new surround sound tech relies on object-based encoding rather than traditional speaker based channel setups.
"DTS:X is built on the foundation of providing an open, adaptable solution for content creators, cinemas and homes to fulfill our goal of bringing immersive audio to as many people around the world as possible," said Jon Kirchner, chairman and CEO of DTS, Inc. "Until recently, sound in movie theaters and in our homes has been dictated by a standardized speaker layout. Through the use of object-based audio, DTS:X is able to scale immersive soundtrack presentations across a wide range of playback systems, from efficient to extravagant, while staying true to the content creator's vision. This approach delivers the most authentic three-dimensional audio experience ever, making the audience feel as if they are in the center of the action."
DTS:X will be used in both cinemas and home theaters. For cinemas, the format is supported through MDA, DTS's license fee-free, open platform that allows movie studios to mix object-based soundtracks. On the home front, many A/V manufacturers have announced several DTS:X enabled products, including some set for a summer 2015 release. Confirmed gear includes:
Denon - AVR-X7200W available now / DTS:X firmware upgrade later in 2015
Integra - launching several models by Fall 2015
Marantz - AV8802 available now / DTS:X firmware upgrade later in 2015
Onkyo - launching several models by Fall 2015
Pioneer - details to follow
Steinway Lyngdorf - P200 Surround Sound Processor available Summer 2015 / DTS:X firmware upgrade in Fall 2015
Theta Digital - Casablanca IVa available Summer 2015
Trinnov Audio - Altitude32 available now / DTS:X firmware upgrade Summer 2015
Yamaha - launching DTS:X ready models in Fall 2015
Other DTS:X home theater features include backwards compatibility, lossless audio, dialogue control, and flexible speaker layouts with support for 32 speaker locations (up to 11.2 speaker setups on 2015 AVRs).
We will have many more details regarding DTS:X very soon, including full impressions, so stay tuned to High-Def Digest!
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